World Bank Releases Report on Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia
6 December 2008: A new report released by the World Bank suggests that forecasting improvements in Europe and Central Asia can play a critical role in improving the economy and mitigating the impacts of disasters in the region. The report “Weather and Climate Services in Europe and Central Asia: A Regional Review” explains why improving weather monitoring systems can help mitigate damaging economic impacts of weather disasters, support increased productivity of agriculture, conserve energy, and promote safe aviation and transport by road and rail.
According to the report, farmers are among those hardest hit by
shortcomings in forecasting services. Stressing the need for capacity
building, Vladimir Tsirkunov, Senior Environmental Engineer for Europe
and Central Asia and the team leader of the study, stressed the